About Target CPA bidding for video ads
Target cost-per-acquisition (CPA) is an automated bidding strategy that lets you tell AdWords the amount you're willing to pay for a conversion. AdWords then automatically sets your bids to give you as many conversions as possible at your targeted cost-per-acquisition.
This bid strategy can help you reach customers who are likely to take an action, such as purchasing or filling out a form on your website. Target CPA bidding focuses on maximizing conversions for your video ads, so that you pay for conversions rather than views, as in CPV bidding. TrueView for action campaigns use target CPA bidding to optimize in order to drive clicks and relevant conversions on your website.
How it works
To use target CPA for your TrueView campaign, you must first set up conversion tracking on your website. Once you set up conversion tracking, you can start using target CPA by selecting Target CPA under “Bidding” when you create your TrueView for action campaign, or in campaign settings for existing campaigns.
You’ll set your target CPA, which is the average amount you want to pay for a conversion. AdWords uses conversion data from your campaigns to predict how likely an engaged view of your ad is to make a user convert. Based on this prediction, AdWords automatically manages your bids to maximize conversions at your target CPA.
Note: Target CPA does not include View-through conversions in optimization.
The final amount you're charged
Your actual CPA may be above or below your target CPA. This is because:
- Your actual CPA depends on factors outside Google's control, like changes to your website, your ads, or increased competition in ad auctions.
- Your actual conversion rate can be lower than the predicted conversion rate.
Tips to optimize your target CPA for website conversions
When starting a new campaign or making changes to bids, targeting, or your ads, allow for 7 to 10 days before evaluating Target CPA performance. Target CPA works best when there are at least 5 to 10 conversions per day. If your conversions are below this range, consider applying tracking and bidding on more frequent conversions such as website visitors, form starts, or shopping cart additions, for example.
Conversion tracking for websites
Conversion tracking helps you see how effectively your campaigns lead to actions on your website. For websites you’ll need to setup conversion tracking following instructions here.
Note: Imported Google Analytics goals are not fully supported for TrueView In-stream ads and will result in underreported Conversion counts.
Tips to setup conversion tracking for websites
You may want to track multiple types of conversion actions. For example, in addition to tracking a final transaction like a purchase, you could also track your website visitors by setting up a conversion to track page views with a counting option of one per user. To include multiple conversion actions in your target CPA bidding strategy, use the “Include in ‘Conversions’” setting.
You can see the results of your target CPA bid strategy in the statistics table on the Campaigns page. To monitor your conversion tracking, add conversions to the statistics table for your campaign. This will show you the number of conversions resulting from your ads.
To add the conversions column:
- In the page menu on the left, click Campaigns.
- In the toolbar above the statistics table, click the columns icon , and select Modify columns.
- Under the "Conversions" section, select Conversions.
Learn more about how to add columns to see specific performance data.
To see more specific data for each conversion action, like the number of purchases and the cost-per-purchase (under “Cost/conv.”), you can segment your conversions by “Conversion name.” Learn how to use segments to view performance data.
Accounting for conversion delays
Conversion numbers may take several days to show up on reporting due to delayed interactions between a person’s device, Google, and any third party tracking services you might use. In addition, users don’t always take an action immediately after viewing your ad.
When reviewing conversion reports for video ads, note that the previous 7 days of conversion data may not be complete yet. You can exclude the last 7 days of data to see more accurate reporting. Learn how to change the date range.
Video ad conversion tracking in TrueView for action campaigns
Conversion tracking is different for video ads. A video engagement is counted when someone watches at least 10 seconds of your video ad on YouTube or the Display Network. The way physical clicks are counted remains the same.
Billing for your video ad will vary depending on where it’s shown. If it’s on YouTube, you’ll be billed for each impression. If it’s on the Display Network, you’ll be billed for each engagement.